Through the Back Loop

Adventures in knitting, fiber arts, and family.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Well. Another day in and only a few more to go until Spring Vacation! Why is it, especially this year, that I seem to get sick around every vacation? At Christmas I had such a sinus infection that triggered my asthma, we were almost forced to cancel our family vacation to the Outer Banks. I made it (thanks to A LOT of medication from my doctor - and an understanding family) through the week and even enjoyed myself.

Well know it is Spring Vacation and I have another sinus infection! GEEZ!

With March Madness I have gotten a lot of knitting in.. well frogging and replanning anyway. I am restarting the gift sweater (YUCK). Maybe I will enjoy it more now that I know it will fit her (she wanted me to make it the same size as the one she gave me.... which is at least 3 sizes smaller than she is...she would never have worn it- so I ripped it out and resized the thing!). With the sinus infection I have fallen asleep on the couch every night by 7:00 so I haven't gotten past the ribbing yet.

Next week will be full of "at home" projects to get the house ready to sell or enjoy living in again! I'm not sure if I will have much time to knit. Tomorrow is my knitting group at the coffee shop. I started the group and while only 3 of us will probably be there... I know it will be nice and I'm looking forward to it.

Well..... go knit your socks off!

Friday, March 26, 2004

Back from Cincy. Loved it! The job fair went pretty well, now the DH and I just have to fill out applications online for the state. We have started pricing the cost for moving and everyone is getting excited. Still no word on jobs in the area we live now that DH has applied for.

Got lots of knitting done this week. Mainly thanks to DH kidney stones that put him in the hospital, so knitting while he is in pain. I was trying to be supportive! Not much you can do but wait until it works it's way out!

One sock done after frogging back 4 or 5 inches. I'm making it with left over wool and didn't plan well enough for the length of the foot, so I had to rip back and make the leg shorter. Oh, well... one daughter will still like them.

Also great time knitting with March Madness - Go Notre Dame Women and Illinois Men! I pick the places I have actually been to to rout for! Otherwise I wouldn't have a clue!

Now go and knit your socks off!

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Ahh.. nothing better than the anticipation before a trip. I love the packing, planning, and deal-hunting! We are off to Cincinnati this weekend for a job fair,and while we are there I have made it clear that at least 1 LYS will be visited. I still haven't recovered from our trip to Germany and England last summer where I didn't get to go into ANY LYS! WITHDRAWAL!

Knitting news:

I have turned the heel on the first sock and am working the decreases in the gussets. The shawl is still waiting for me to decide what to do, and I will start the sweater over this weekend.

Non-knitting news: Wanted to get the painting done in my daugther's new room, but last night I ended up being "TAXI" again so it will have to wait until I get home.

Now go knit your socks off!

Monday, March 15, 2004

Why is it that just when you find a nice place to sit and relax, something happens to ruin it? Well, a good day for knitting yesterday. Went to the coffee shop and sat for an hour with the family and knit. I had brought my knitting group (the KnitWits... I'm the queen KnitWit!) to the shop last week, only three could make it. One person did not order anything and they have a sign posted asking all group members to make a purchase. On my way out I bought a cup to go to make up for it. Yesterday when I went back in and mentioned how much the group enjoyed meeting at the shop to the worker who had been there that day, she told me that if we return I need to make sure everyone buys something. Well you could set off cannons in that place everytime I've been in there... I guess they don't want the potential business from the group. A bit disappointing.

I worked on the shawl and I think I'm ready to cast off the next time I reach a full pattern repeat on each end. It is a pretty nice size. Then I can make another shawl from the other ball. I knit some more on the sock, and started the heel flap.

I took my oldest daughter for her riding lesson and knit there.... a bit cold, but I brought the thermos of tea and put my hands to the heater to thaw them out every once in awhile. It is very peaceful there with the quiet. I only wish it were a bit warmer. It is in the low 30's here lately with snow flurries every so often.

Also knit in the car while my DH drove us here and there.

Tonight not so much knitting, but I hope to make up for it this weekend. We are off to a job fair in Cincinnati, so I should have time in the car and time in the hotel.

Go knit your socks off!

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Well.... I'm already not a fan of the freebie blogspot. Either I will have to fork over the cash to make this look how I want it to, or else give it up and just read other blogs while wishing I had one too!

Knitting News:
I just love those days when you get up and know that you will have a big chunk of time to devote to knitting. Then when I woke up from the nap 4 hours later, I realized I had wasted most of the day! How depressing! I did manage to work on Sassy Shawl for awhile in the car when we drove to visit the in-laws. Not nearly as much knitting as I had hoped. Maybe I will become the insomniac knitter tonight, that has happened before when I power nap during the day. I only hope there is something good on television for me to watch while I work.

Go knit your socks off!

Friday, March 12, 2004

March 12, 2004

This is the start of my new blog! I know, no round of applause. I enjoy reading all of the knitting blogs, and thought maybe I could contribute!

I have three projects going and would like to start the fourth. I know lots of people have more than one or two projects going at a time, but I don't feel like I'm making progress with these. Maybe posting on the blog will help. Here are the projects:

1. a yummy Sassy Shawl made from alpaca wool (from an alpaca named Sassy.... so there's the name). My sister-in-law gave me the wool for my birthday, so I'm making the shawl for her. I hope she likes it. I'm over half way done... made the pattern myself and can't figure out..... should I quit or make it reallly huge??? Hmmm... Huge sounds cozy. I'll have to think about that.

2. a pair of Regia socks made from leftovers of a Christmas gift. There is enough wool to make a pair for one of my daughters. They are fighting over who will get them. By the time I finish these.... they will be out of the house! (they are 11 and 8 years old).

3. An ugly sweater I feel obligated to make for a friend. Not making progress..... need more of a description... probably not!

Well, That's it for today. Now go and knit your socks off!